When my dog is lay down on his tummy facing me, front legs pointed out in front (standard dog position) he has started slpaying his front right leg out to the side, almost to a right angle. Obviously he has a little difficulty in getting up but when he does he walks on it so can put weight onto it but the leg does tend to start to slip out to the side when walking too. He has arthritis in the lower joint, but even with this happening he will let me touch the leg and move the joints, but once you lay the leg flat in front of him again the leg just starts slipping outwards again. Help please!
Hi Dr Salkin, Many thanks for getting back to me and this information. Simba is currently taking long term Meloxidyl medication,I believe this is a nonsteroidal antiinflammatory for the arthritis in 1 front leg and 1 back. He really is a star, although age is catching up with him he is still full of life and a most attentive companion. Obviously I am no expert, but I think I understand what you are saying, including if he were to undergo x-rays and anything was found putting him through an anesthetic at his age would not be an option, we discussed this with his current vet when he was originally diagnosed. We have always tried to keep him as comfortable as possible but always watching to ensure he is enjoying a healthy and happy life. Even today when this problem has started with his leg he still just wants to be involved and move around. Can you please give me an idea where this can have come from, either the disk disease or a tumor...is it possibly caused by the extra pressure that the spine may have been under due to the arthritis in the 2 legs? Sorry to bombard you, but would you recommend an x-ray to confirm and if the diagnosis is as suspected will he be able to continue getting around like this? If he rests for a few days will the extent of his leg splaying out ease at all? Also, he doesn't appear to be in pain or discomfort. Once again, many thanks for your help, Katherine.
Hi again, I really do appreciate your help and explaining all this to me, as I said, sorry for bombarding you and for probably being a pain. Just for a moment I hope you don't mind if I go slightly off course.....this may appear that we are both falling apart, but I too am back and forth between Hospital visits at the moment as I have had various tumors, the first when I was 19, then 25, then 32 and now another discovered last year, the reason I am mentioning this is that I would really like to digest the information you have sent through and probably will have one or two more questions (sorry!) but unfortunately I am starting to struggle myself right now with tiredness after a long day, so was wondering if I could possibly continue this chat tomorrow? I have never used the Just Answer system so I don't know if this is possible and before crash out this end I would hate to find I am unable to continue the conversation with you after you have been so helpful and I am actually starting to understand what is happening with Simba. Sorry to be a pain! Katherine.
Hi Michael, Thank you for your understanding...I shall leave you in peace now! I look forward to catching up with you again tomorrow. Katherine.